'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 Release Date: Fans have BIZARRE reaction to close-ups of Elisabeth Moss

'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 Release Date: Fans have BIZARRE reaction to close-ups of Elisabeth Moss
Elizabeth Moss as June and Yvonne Strahovski as Serena in 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 (Hulu)

It’s been more than a year since the fourth season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ ended on an ominous note and fans cannot wait to see what kind of consequences will June be paying for her actions. The Hulu series has one of the most extraordinary shows of this generation and keeps on getting better with each passing season. The cliffhanger ending of Season 4 only meant that there’s still a lot to uncover and surprisingly, the makers have finally announced when viewers will be able to see ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 5.

The streaming service has revealed that the fifth edition of the critically-acclaimed series will be released on Wednesday, September 14, with a two-episode premiere. The official Twitter account of the series shared two images on social media and announced the release of the upcoming season.


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In one of the images, we see an angry close-up of June’s (Elisabeth Moss) face could be seen after executing the plan for Commander Frederick R. Waterford’s (Joseph Fiennes) death. The commander repeatedly sexually assaulted her throughout the series. On the other hand, the second image features Yvonne Strahovski’s character, Serena, in a black funeral veil. Interestingly, she doesn’t seem upset with her husband’s death and could be seen smiling behind the veil.

A still from 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 (Hulu)

Fans are pretty excited for the show’s newest season and shared their excitement on social media by saying that the best show on television is finally back. One of the fans wrote, “Praise Be! I already have my reminder!” Another fan said, “I AM SO EXCITED! You guys ... You are a little late this year, it better be worth it!”



“The best show on TV, was a bit surprised after the season 4 finale that there was to be a fifth, but I am here for it!” tweeted another social media user. “Oh my gosh. I’m not ready and it’s too far away. I’m super excited. Widow Serena, OMG,” said another fan.



Another fan tweeted, “Holy CRAP. I’m so excited! Cannot wait to see what June is going to do this season”.


However, there were some people who joked that they won’t be seeing Season 5 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ because of “angry” close-ups of Elizabeth Moss throughout the series. One of the fans wrote that initially those close-ups felt impactful, but now, it would be wise to “not” end every significant moment with Moss’s close-up. He wrote, “I love #TheHandmaidsTale but everything moves so incredibly slow and they keep opening new doors without closing others. A good start would be to not start and end every significant moment with a close-up of Elisabeth Moss's terrified/confused/angry/helpless/heartbroken face.”


“I can’t take another season of close-ups of her face. It’s like 80% of the show,” said another one.


Meanwhile, on Reddit, a sub-thread had a similar observation and said that Moss’s close-up took way too much time during Season 4 and that’s why they are going to skip the upcoming season.

“I made it through half of season 4 and couldn’t go any further. The close-ups early on felt impactful but it felt like by season 4 it was every scene with June ended in a close-up of her angry face for way too much time. And then today I see a post of season 5 coming. And guess what, it’s a pic of a close-up of angry June's face. What are they doing??” wrote u/Deckard_Macready.

Another Reddit user wrote that they stopped watching during season 3, which caused them to dislike the actor in other projects. 

A still from 'The Handmaid's Tale' (Hulu)

Season 5 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ will further explore the lives of June and Serena as they navigate their lives after a life-altering incident. The official synopsis of Season 5 confirms that June will be facing the “consequences” for killing Commander Waterford while Serena will try to raise her profile in Canada as Gilead’s influence starts creeping up in the country.

Apart from Moss and Strahovski, all the remaining cast members will return for Season 5, including Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, OT Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, and Bradley Whitford.

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